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WREN Summit 2019: The Time Is Now

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Columbia Museum of Art

1515 Main Street

Columbia, SC 29201

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Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) will be hosting their third annual state-wide summit on April 1st, 2019 at the Columbia Museum of Art in downtown Columbia.

This year WREN welcomes keynote speaker A’ja Wilson, former Lady Gamecock, current WNBA Las Vegas Aces player, 2018 Rookie of the Year, FIBA World Cup Gold Medalist, founder of the A'ja Wilson Foundation, and equal pay and women’s empowerment advocate.

If we continue on our current path, women will not receive equitable pay to men until 2059. Given this, the theme of this year's summit is "The Time is Now." The time is NOW for building individual and collective commitments to close the gender and racial wage gap and accelerate women’s economic empowerment in South Carolina.


8:30am: Registration, continental breakfast

9:00am: Opening remarks by WREN CEO Ann Warner

9:15am: Reflecting on our Past: Introducing Columbia City of Women Project

  • Video + remarks by Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine

9:30am: Planning for the Future: Business and Policy Solutions for Pay Equity

  • Honorable Wendy Brawley, SC House of Representatives

10:00am: Abacus Planning Group, Women’s Financial Wellness Lightning Talk #1

10:15am: Breakout Sessions #1

  • Childcare and Women's Economic Empowerment
    • Moderator: Kathryn Whitaker, Burr Forman McNair
    • Dr. Crystal Campbell, Dorchester County First Steps
    • Amanda McDougald Scott, Institute for Child Success
    • Dr. Kimberly Janha
  • How to Support Women of Color at Work
    • Beth Ruffin, Colonial Life
  • Dismantling Structures of Economic Discrimination
    • Moderator: Dr. Deborah Billings, Independent Consultant
    • Tiffany James
    • Dr. Susan Parlier, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina
    • Teshia Salters McSwain, Just Leadership
    • Marlena Richardson, SC Dream Team Coalition
  • Rethinking Women's Leadership
    • Moderator: Jane Perdue, The Jane Group
    • Major Vanessa C. Gonzalez and 1st Lt Eboni B. Jackson, US AirForce
    • Mahkia Greene, Indie Grits Labs
    • Lawanda J. Holliman, US Army (Retired)
  • Moving from Talk to Action: Using Data to Drive Results Workshop
    • Facilitated by Megan Branham, North Public Relations
  • Dismantling Toxic Masculinity Workshop
    • Facilitated by Mike Young, PASOs

11:30am-noon: Art tours

  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • “More than the Sum of Her Parts,” Fran Gardner
  • Latinas Chingonas, Ivan Segura
  • SheFestival

11:45: Lunch opens

12:20-1pm: Kim Wilkerson, Bank of America

1:15pm: Breakout Session #2

  • A Seat at the Table: Securing and Maximizing Your Role on Boards and Commissions
    • Moderator: Erin Johnson, Central Carolina Community Foundation
    • Kaitlin Sidorsky, Coastal Carolina University
    • Jamesha Shackerford, Central Carolina Community Foundation
  • Empowering Girls and Trans Youth
    • Bianca Chardei, Love Yourself Always
    • Zakiya Esper, Sowing Seeds Into the Midlands
    • Radia Heyward, Charleston Promise Neighborhood
  • Show Me Your Brave
    • Lisa Hostetler Brown, LawyerLisa
    • Kim Humphrey, MSW Candidate, University of South Carolina
  • Women Asking More
    • Moderator: Lindsey Jacobs, Public Education Partners
    • MelissaAnne Cunningham Sereque, Motivation & Achievement Concepts, Inc.
    • Toni A. Haley, MD, Founder & CEO Williams Wellness Group
    • Georgina Dukes, Unite Us
    • Shayne Kinloch, Together SC
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence: Thinking Beyond the Criminal Justice Response Workshop
    • Facilitated by Sara Barber, South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Misogynoir: What it is and How it Affects Black Womxn Economically and Mentally Workshop
    • Facilitated by Kymberly Smith

2:15pm: Abacus Planning Group, Women’s Financial Wellness Lightning Talk #2

2:20pm: Recruiting and Retaining Women in the Workforce Plenary Panel

3:10pm: Abacus Planning Group, Women’s Financial Wellness Lightning Talk #3

3:15pm: Energizer with Shannon Ivey

4pm: A Keynote Conversation with A’ja Wilson + Roshanda E. Pratt

5pm: Reception

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